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February 20, 2019

Risk Aversion Rises With Violent Crime

Jan. 31, 2019 — Fear in the wake of violent conflicts causes people to take fewer risks, which may come at the expense of bettering their lives and the economy. Researchers looked at longitudinal survey data taken ... read more

New Study Sheds Light on Illegal Wildlife Trade in Hong Kong

Jan. 30, 2019 — A study focusing on the type and volume of seizures relating to illegal wildlife trade in Hong Kong over the last five years illustrates the city's central role in global wildlife trafficking ... read more

Bioethicists Call for More Robust System of Ethical Governance in Human Gene-Editing

Jan. 28, 2019 — Bioethicists are calling for a more robust system of ethical governance in human gene-editing in the wake of the Chinese experiment aiming to produce HIV immune ... read more

Violence in PG-13 Rated Movies Not Linked to Violence in US Society

Jan. 18, 2019 — New research suggests that policy makers should remain focused on issues that have been demonstrated to impact criminal behavior, such as family environment, mental health, poverty and ... read more

Bioethicists Call for Oversight of Consumer 'Neurotechnologies' With Unproven Benefits

Jan. 17, 2019 — The marketing of consumer 'neurotechnologies' can be enticing: apps that diagnose a mental state, and brain devices that improve cognition or 'read' one's emotional state. ... read more

Following Nepal's Devastating 2015 Earthquake, Crisis in Childhood Malnutrition Averted

Jan. 9, 2019 — Despite widespread destruction, including severe agricultural-related losses caused by the 2015 earthquake in Nepal, child nutrition remained stable in the hardest hit areas, a new study ... read more

Are the Late Stephen Hawking's Religious Beliefs Typical of U.K. Scientists?

Dec. 19, 2018 — The late Stephen Hawking famously didn't believe in God. Neither does the renowned Richard Dawkins. But is that typical for U.K. ... read more

Media Coverage of Disasters Can Have Lasting Effects on Children's Mental Health

Dec. 6, 2018 — Disaster communication experts say disaster media coverage can have lasting effects on children's mental health and suggest teachers and parents be prepared to respond to questions during and ... read more

Peace, Not War, Responsible for Deforestation in Armed Conflict Zones

Dec. 5, 2018 — Rates of deforestation in war zones increase dramatically once peace is declared, according to a new ... read more

Economic Impact of Excess Weight Now Exceeds $1.7 Trillion

Oct. 30, 2018 — The impact of obesity and overweight on the U.S. economy has eclipsed $1.7 trillion, an amount equivalent to 9.3 percent of the nation's gross domestic product, according to a new report on the ... read more

Does Putting the Brakes on Outrage Bottle Up Social Change?

Oct. 23, 2018 — While outrage is often generally considered a hurdle in the path to civil discourse, a team of psychologists suggest outrage -- specifically, moral outrage -- may have beneficial outcomes, such as ... read more

Children as Young as Seven Suffer Effects of Discrimination, Study Shows

Oct. 22, 2018 — Children are sensitive to and suffer the impacts of discrimination as young as seven years old, new research finds. Previous studies have shown children can identify racism at that age, but the study ... read more

Code of Ethics Doesn't Influence Decisions of Software Developers

Oct. 9, 2018 — The world's largest computing society, ACM, updated its code of ethics in July 2018 -- but new research shows that the code of ethics does not appear to affect the decisions made by software ... read more

Brexit Will Affect the UK's Ability to Tackle Illicit Drugs Trade, Warn Experts

Sep. 26, 2018 — Exclusion from the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA) because of Brexit will have serious consequences for public health in the UK, warn ... read more

Uterus Transplantation -- Ethically Just as Problematic as Altruistic Surrogacy

Sep. 26, 2018 — In 2014, the first child to have been gestated in a donated uterus was born. Although research into uterus transplantation is still in an early phase, many see the donations as a success. Researchers ... read more

Smart Pills Dumb Down Medical Care, Experts Warn

Sep. 20, 2018 — Enthusiasm for an emerging digital health tool, the smart pill, is on the rise but researchers caution health care providers and policymakers to slow down when it comes to allowing this technology in ... read more

Study Documents Poor Mental and Physical Health in Rural Borderland Community Members

Sep. 20, 2018 — A new study offers vivid picture of health consequences of life events and chronic strain among foreign-born Mexicans in farm working ... read more

Use of Electrical Brain Stimulation to Foster Creativity Has Sweeping Implications

Sep. 18, 2018 — Researchers address neuro-ethical concerns associated with the increasing use of transcranial electrical stimulation ... read more

Racial Wealth Inequality Overlooked as Cause of Urban Unrest, Study Says

Sep. 10, 2018 — More than 50 years ago, riots tore through many U.S. cities, prompting national scrutiny of the root causes. Yet a half-century later, says new research, a key contributor to the social upheaval of ... read more

California's Large Minority Population Drives State's Relatively Low Death Rate

Sep. 6, 2018 — According to a new study, California's health profile was significantly better than the nation's as a whole -- a profile largely driven by the state's minority ... read more

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